Funding Opportunities

The Neurological Foundation accepts applications for large and small projects, post-doctoral and clinical fellowships, conference and training course grants, doctoral scholarships and summer studentships.

Grants and Careers

There are two funding rounds per year for large and small projects, early career fellowships and conference and training course grants. There is one round per year for doctoral scholarships, senior fellowships and summer studentships. Travel grant applications can also be submitted by those who have an eligible project grant or fellowship.

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and Personal Awards Committee (PAC) meet in June and November each year to consider applications for funding, with the exception of summer studentships and travel grants which are decided via e-motion. The recommendations of the committees are presented to the Neurological Foundation Council and outcomes are announced in early July and December.

All applications must be submitted in our online portal through the appropriate research institution by the deadline dates specified.

Platform Grants

These grants are intended to support the establishment or expansion of a research platform of
national and international relevance, based in New Zealand.

Programme Grants

These grants are intended to support a programme of research undertaken by a multidisciplinary
team based in New Zealand. International collaboration is encouraged and team members can be
based overseas as long as this leads to building capability in New Zealand.

Project Grants

The main avenue by which the Neurological Foundation sponsors research. Applicants can be scientifically or medically qualified, and the research can be clinical or biomedical.

Small Project Grants

These grants are intended to encourage clinicians and scientists to undertake small-scale or pilot studies that may lead to a larger project.

Conference and Training Course Grants

These grants are intended to support international keynote speakers and early career researchers at neurology and neuroscience conferences in New Zealand, or facilitate early career researcher participation in advanced training courses in New Zealand or Australia.

VJ Chapman Fellowships

These fellowships are intended to support medical graduates to pursue a career in academic neurology, neurosurgery, or neuropathology.

O’Brien Clinical Fellowships

These fellowships are intended to support non-medical health professionals to pursue a career in clinical research.

Philip Wrightson Fellowships

These fellowships are intended to provide personal support for outstanding post-doctoral research fellows undertaking research at institutions outside New Zealand.

Senior Clinical Research Fellowships

These fellowships are intended to provide personal support for practising clinicians to carry out clinical research.

Senior Research Fellowships

These fellowships are intended to provide personal support for outstanding post-doctoral fellows as they establish themselves as independent researchers.

First Fellowships

These fellowships are intended to provide personal support for outstanding early career researchers so that they can complete their first post-doctoral fellowship under the close mentorship of an academic with a continuing position.

Dawn Fellowship

These fellowships are intended to provide personal support for scientists or clinicians to carry out research into Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, peripheral neuropathy, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Doctoral Scholarships

These scholarships are intended to provide personal support for students undertaking a PhD in basic or clinical neuroscience.

Neurology Postgraduate Scholarship

These scholarships are intended to provide personal support for outstanding neurology trainees or neurologists early in their career so they can be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive and develop a capacity for original independent research. The scholarships are funded collaboratively by the Neurological Foundation, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN), and the Neurological Association of New Zealand (NANZ).

Summer Studentships

These studentships are intended to provide personal support for students so they can gain research skills and experience.

Travel Grants

These grants are intended to support recipients of eligible project, scholarship or fellowship funding from the Foundation to travel for conferences, meetings, and training.

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